HELLO FELLOW KNITTERS / CRAFTERS OUT THERE.
This will be my little shpeal on wrist care / health and how I have been affected by this wonderful hobby.
I started knitting 7 years ago. Well that was the first time I picked up a pair of needles. And I got actively involved in knitting about a year ago. But I also started to type and wrote a lot more than I was used to. And now I look back on it and realized I might have pushed my own limit. And so now, for at least 4 months, I have been a dormant knitter, since my right wrist hurt that much. I wore a brace, did stretches. But overall I learned that the best way to let it heal was by not knitting. It really hurt. Either my wrist or my creative side, wanting to pick up the needles and do a few rows, I mean 2 rows couldn’t possibly hurt. Was I wrong. The pain I felt two days after made me stray away from knitting for those 4 months. You could say I’ve been going through knitting withdrawl. So I learned to crochet. And surprisingly, it didn’t hurt as much. However, it was sad for me to realize that I could never reach that peak ‘production level’ I was at a year- 2 years ago. I also feel pain is a great mind over matter ideal. If I feel I can handle writing, typing and knitting, maybe I can slowly build myself back up. It sounds as if I was an injured athlete who is going through recovery, and I would say I guess I am. Knitting sometimes is used for wrist therapy and I still feel a passion to knit, however, I don’t want to get arthritis/ carpal tunnel in my wrists so early on in the game. So I’m starting to actively use my left hand, my less dominant, so it won’t ‘slack off’ and have my right hand compensate.